VS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1171 times:
Has a wing ever snapped in flight? I noticed that during heavy turbulance, the wing moves a lot, and I know this is tested and designed to flex, but has a wing ever snapped, either in its entirety, or just the end part?
As for engines - has an a/c ever lost an engine in flight because of turbulance?
Petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3300 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1099 times:
You're right Trident3. I got this from http://www.aviation-safety.net
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The design and certification of the B747 pylon was found to be inadequate to provide the required level of safety. Furthermore the system to ensure structural integrity by inspection failed. This ultimately caused - probably initiated by fatigue in the inboard midspar fuse-pin - the no.3 pylon and engine to separate from the wing in such a way that the no.4 pylon and engine were torn off, part of the leading edge of the wing was damaged and the use of several systems was lost or limited. This subsequently left the flight crew with very limited control of the airplane. Because of the marginal controllability a safe landing became highly improbable, if not virtually impossible."
Rick From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1077 times:
I used to fly on Delta's DC-8's back in the mid 70's a lot when I was a kid, and I used to love sitting over/behind the wing, because the wings on those planes would really move up and down a lot. The engines roared and made a ton of noise which I liked as well.